What is RTV/CCV/TT/TYRO

Find out what our trialling categories are below

What is RTV?

RTV trials are a step up from TYROs, as more severe terrain may be used and therefore greater skill and experience are required.

An RTV should still be non-body damaging to sensibly prepared & driven production vehicles and all vehicles must be fully road legal, with tax (if applicable), MOT and insurance.

RTV trials are often the “entry” level for new competitors who have perhaps already gained some off-road experience via Green Laning or “Pay & Play” sites.

As for CCVs , RTV trials are run as series of separate, individually assessed, “Sections” – typically between 8 ~ 12 during an event day. Typically only 1 driver drives at a time and each driver takes it in turn to go through a Section before everybody moves to the next Section. An RTV isn't about speed or finishing in the shortest time, it's about careful initial planning and driving the vehicle as needed to get through each “obstacle” to the end of the Section.

Each Section will have a route marked out by 10-12 pairs of numbered canes (each pair is known as a “gate”) - which the driver ideally drives completely through, in order & without stopping, rolling back or touching a cane. The Section’s terrain may be hilly, bumpy, rocky, muddy, sandy, gravely, partially flooded or any combination of all ! Some gates may be hidden by natural features of the land and you're not allowed to cross your own vehicles tracks between gates.
Drivers are allowed to have a “Walk through” as a group before each Section is driven. The drivers (& passengers) use the walk-through to attempt to identify the best route to drive to give the best chance of getting through all gates.

Gate numbering starts at 12 (or 10 - depending on section length) and progress’ upto “1”. If a cane is touched, you receives the score of that gate. If you get your front wheel through a gate without touching either cane and then stop you will get a score of the next pair of gates. If the section is completed without stopping or touching a cane, you'll get a zero or ”Clear” score (and normally a round of applause!).
Long wheelbase vehicles such as Defender 110, Range Rover and Discovery, which normally have a poorer turning circle, are allowed a manoeuvre called a Shunt, whereby you can call "Shunt" loudly before stopping, and then reverse to re-position in order to make a turn. A Shunt is available only once per section – so it’s use needs careful decision.

Competitors are typically divided into separate “Classes” (dependant on their vehicle specification) & Class winners identified by the best (lowest) overall result after adding each drivers individual scores over all of the Sections.

Typical modifications to make a vehicle more competitive for RTV would be the use of mud tyres & for LWB vehicles (Long Wheel Base) a 1.5 ~ 2 inch suspension “lift”. Vehicles on eg. All Terrain tyres or without a suspension lift can take part, but would be less likely to do well

What is CCV?

CCVTs are the pinnacle of off-road trials competitions (CCVT = Cross Country Vehicle Trial).
CCVTs are a major step up from TYROs & RTV trials, as much more severe terrain is likely to be used & there is a much higher likelihood of vehicles getting stuck, stopping, having roll-overs or sustaining possible vehicle damage IF the driver doesn’t identify & drive 1 of the “ideal” routes. As such, greater driver skill and experience are required to take part & the vehicles are typically much more competition focussed (They must have Roll Cages and are typically stripped of most unnecessary features compared to a road legal vehicle). They are often not road legal & are trailered to events.

 

As for RTVs, CCVTs are run as series of separate, individually assessed, “Sections” – typically between 8 ~ 12 during an event day. Typically only 1 driver drives at a time and each driver takes it in turn to go through a Section before everybody moves to the next Section. A CCVT isn't about speed or finishing in the shortest time, it's about careful initial planning and driving the vehicle as needed to get through each “obstacle” to the end of the Section.

Each Section will have a route marked out by 10-12 pairs of numbered canes (“gates”) - which the driver ideally drives completely through in order, without stopping, rolling back or touching a cane. The Section’s terrain may be hilly, bumpy, rocky, muddy, sandy, gravely, partially flooded or any combination of all ! Some gates may be hidden by natural features of the land and you're not allowed to cross your own vehicles tracks between gates.
Drivers are allowed to have a “Walk through” as a group before each Section is driven. The drivers (& often friends) use the walk-through to attempt to identify the best route to drive to give the best chance of getting through all gates.

Gate numbering starts at 12 (or 10 - depending on section length) and progress’ upto “1”. If a cane is touched, you receives the score of that gate. If you get your front wheel through a gate without touching either cane and then stop you will get a score of the next pair of gates. If the section is completed without stopping or touching a cane, you'll get a zero or ”Clear” score (and normally a round of applause!).

What is CCV Timed Trials?

Timed Trials are a new addition to MROC events.
Ref the Motorsport UK Blue Book, the definition of a Cross Country (4x4) Timed Trial is :
A trial taking place on one area of private ground in which the marking during the event is mainly based upon the ability of competitors to climb hills or traverse difficult sections non-stop, but where the results are decided predominantly by the time taken to traverse those sections.
The quick summary is that it’s basically a CCV Trial, but timed. As such, it can be exciting for both competitors & spectators !
A Time Trial has similarities with Competitive Safaris (a.k.a. “Comps.”), but unlike in Comps, there are multiple individual sections of 320m length max & the average speed used to set the target time is based on 22mph max (For comparison a Comp. typically has a single course of length upto a few miles & with a target average speed set based on upto 50 mph).

Compared to our more typical untimed CCV Trials, there are additional mandatory Regulation requirements to maximise safety. The main ones are that competitors must wear Motorsport UK approved crash helmets & goggles or visors must be worn if the vehicle does not have a laminated glass or 4mm thickness plastic windscreen. It’s also recommended that competitors use full harness seat belts rather than just a lap belt.

Competition Licence:
A Motorsport UK Competition Licence is now needed by drivers & all passengers aged 18 or over for ALL off-road competitive events (since Jan 2020)\ 
The minimum level for Untimed & Timed Trials is the FREE, RS Clubman Licence.

Adults can obtain this via an on-line application via the Motorsport UK website at https://www.motorsportuk.org.

Certain medical conditions may exclude you from applying on-line, but there is an off-line application process which must then be used.
Likewise, for all drivers under 18, an off-line process must be used, requiring Parent or Guardian approval.
For Adults with medical conditions & Under 18s, download the off-line Application from the website prior to filling out & submitting.

An MROC CCV Time Trial can normally be entered by any paid-up member of MROC or another ALRC registered Land Rover Club. There may be exceptions to this, so always read the event SRs (Supplementary Regulations) !

Entry Fees for Time Trials may be slightly higher than typical untimed events due to various additional costs. Again, please read the event invite & / or SRs for specific info.
As for most of our trials, entering in advance via our Pre-Booking System helps ensure you get on the entry list, gives you a small discount & allows us to pre-plan an event better.
“On the Day” entry may also be possible dependant on whether the entry list is already full or not (payment then needs to be cash). The Pre-Booking system does require an entrant to have a PayPal account.

BEWARE : If applying online, the confirmation & Licence No. required for most trial entries will come back via email in as little as a few hours. The actual Licence required at events will be sent by post & can take 10 days or more.

Pre-Booking Events
Pre-Booking of entries is possible for most of our events upto 1 day before the event.

To Pre-book follow the relevant link next to the event  title on the Calendar page or this page (it’s usually only visible for events in the near future).
Non MROC members please quote an abbreviation for their club name where the form asks for Membership number or ask via email or Facebook if you need pre-booking assistance.
Email contact : trialscoordinator@mroc.co.uk.

What is TYRO?

A TYRO event is intended for newer drivers and standard road vehicles whose owners will not tolerate any damage. A TYRO is set out so that you can compete with your priceless vintage museum piece or straight from the showroom in your brand new Land Rover, and of course everything in between.

What is Comp Safari?

Comp Safaris are Cross Country / Off-Road “Speed” events that are timed from start to finish & usually involve a marked out course a few miles long (or multiple laps of a shorter course). They are run similar to a single venue stage rally, but average speeds are slightly slower & the terrain more challenging ! Due to the length of the courses, drivers are set off at timed intervals, so there’s typically multiple vehicles on the course at any one time – great for spectators.

They typically require additional vehicle modifications & protective equipment compared to untimed trials & are carried out in-line with different rules compared to trials – either using ALRC or Motorsport UK Regulations. Vehicles Modifications include full roll cage to ALRC / Motorsport UK specifications, full harness seatbelts, rear lights, mud flaps, fire extinguisher and spill absorption kit. Competitors must wear approved crash helmets & neck supports.
These events can still be entered with very standard looking Land Rovers (with appropriate safety modifications), but they can also be entered by spectacular custom built vehicles with fully independent suspension, large supercharged or turbocharged engines & plastic composite bodyshells / body panels (if using the more open Motorsport UK Regulations).

As a club, due to their more specialised nature, we do not hold this type of these events - but our members are able to take part in Comp Safaris that are organised by other ALRC clubs – eg our relatively close neighbours Staffordshire and Shropshire Land Rover Club (website : https://saslrc.co.uk/).”

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